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Our View: Election day is upon us

Posted: April 9, 2010 5:55 p.m.
Updated: April 11, 2010 4:55 a.m.
 
Election day is nearly upon is. Many ballots — probably most — are already in via mail, and on Tuesday the polls will be open for remaining voters to select three members of the Santa Clarita City Council.

It has been an interesting race, to say the least — one that had its roots in increased discussion of issues like illegal immigration. It has since escalated to scandals surrounding several candidates.

Challenging council members Frank Ferry, Marsha McLean and Laurene Weste for their seats are TimBen Boydston, David Gauny, David Galvan, Daniel Henriquez, Harrison Katz and Henry Schultz. Despite having left the country, Johnny Pride has not withdrawn from the race.

Whoever wins Tuesday, our hats are off to every serious candidate in this year’s race. It is no small thing to pour one’s life into running for public office, not to mention being open to the scrutiny that comes with it.

We urge those who do not win Tuesday to hold steadfast in their commitment to making this a better community. The City Council includes just five people out of a city of some 175,000. We need a community of servants.

Those who win, whether incumbents or challengers, will shoulder a responsibility to put personal preferences and pet projects aside, to instead carry a standard of doing what’s best for all of this community, particularly in these challenging times.

It is up to you how to decide for whom you will vote.

We are endorsing Ferry, McLean and Weste.

While our state — and many of its cities — have been floundering in the face of the recession, Santa Clarita has produced balanced budgets, and done it without massive layoffs or cuts in services.

There are those who say it’s time for new blood on the council.

We think this council’s record is remarkable, and that they are fit to lead us for another four years.

But your vote is your own. It’s up to you to consider the options, weigh the pros and cons and cast your ballot.

If nothing else, embrace Tuesday as a chance to let your voice be heard as a free American. Walk into a polling location and exercise your right to vote.

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